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Collision Course
EP by Jay-Z and Linkin Park
Released November 30, 2004
Recorded July 16—19, 2004
Genre Nu metal, rap rock, hip hop
Length 21:18
Label Roc-A-Fella, Machine Shop, Warner Bros., Def Jam
Producer Mike Shinoda
Professional reviews
Jay-Z chronology
Unfinished Business
(2004)
Collision Course
(2004)
Kingdom Come
(2006)
Linkin Park chronology
Live in Texas
(2003)
Collision Course
(2004)
Minutes to Midnight
(2007)
Singles from Collision Course
  1. "Numb/Encore"
    Released: December 13, 2004

Collision Course is a CD/DVD set released on November 30, 2004 by rapper Jay-Z and nu metal band Linkin Park.[1] It went to #1 on the Billboard 200. As of August 2009, it has sold 1,934,000 copies in the United States alone.[2]

Contents

About the EP

The CD contains six tracks, mashups between songs by both artists.

The DVD contains behind-the-scenes new footage of the making of the album, as well as the second take of all of the Collision Course songs at The Roxy Theatre on July 18, 2004. Also included are the five scenes from the concert shown on MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups and a picture gallery.

The album's first single, "Numb/Encore", achieved great airplay on the charts, and stayed on 6 months after its release. "Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer" was also released to the radio in the US, but was never featured on the Billboard Charts - the videos for both that track and "Jigga What/Faint" were also seen on Kerrang! TV in the UK. "Izzo/In the End" was also heavily promoted on the official Linkin Park websites.

It is the second EP ever after Alice in Chains' Jar of Flies in 1994 to top the Billboard Hot 200.

Origins

Mike Shinoda revealed in his 2004 Grammys acceptance speech that he would be mashing up with Jay-Z for a record under MTV's Mash Ups show.

The network allowed Jay-Z to choose a group or artist for the mash-up. Jay contacted Shinoda, who began experimenting with mixing the tracks before sending some examples to him. As a result, Jay-Z began working with Shinoda through email.

The two decided that instead of combining the existing tracks for the live performance on MTV, they wanted to re-work and re-record parts of the songs to make them fit better. Shinoda explains, "Jay and I realized it's better to re-perform the rap vocals if you're gonna do it to a new beat because the vibe changes and you have to deliver your verse a little differently."[3] Shinoda asked his bandmates to re-record instrumental and vocal tracks as well, and ultimately both parties decided they wanted to release the studio tracks.[3]

A year after the release of Collision Course, Jay-Z was the executive producer on Mike Shinoda's solo effort Fort Minor's The Rising Tied. Also, the song "High Road" from the same record talks about how some critics called Collision Course a fluke.

This album was also made in an edited/censored version.

Track listing

Track Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying from You"   S. Carter, T. Mosley, Linkin Park 4:05
2. "Big Pimpin'/Papercut"   S. Carter, T. Mosley, K. Joshua, Linkin Park 2:36
3. "Jigga What/Faint"   S. Carter, J. Burks, T. Mosley, Linkin Park 3:38
4. "Numb/Encore"   Linkin Park, S. Carter, K. West 3:25
5. "Izzo/In the End"   S. Carter, K. West, B. Gordy, A. Mizell, F. Perren, D. Richards, Linkin Park 2:45
6. "Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer"   Linkin Park, S. Carter, R. Rubin, N. Landsberg, F. Pappalardi, J. Ventura, L. Weinstein, W. Squier, T. Morrow, A. Henderson 4:56

Personnel

Linkin Park

DVD

  • Director: Kimo Proudfoot
  • Producer: Matt Caltabiano
  • Editor: Kevin McCullough
  • Live audio engineer: Guy Charbonneau
  • Live audio mix: Mike Shinoda
  • Executive producer: Janet Haase
  • Head of production: Joby Barnhart
  • Post production supervisor: Jason Cohon
  • For Sunset Editorial: Nazeli Kodjoian, Sin Halina Sy
  • Additional footage produced by Lenny Santiago
  • 5.1 mixed of Roxy Performance
  • DVD post producer: David May
  • Associate producer: Raena Winscott
  • Menu design: Sean Donelly
  • 5.1 mix producer: David May
  • 5.1 mix engineer: Ted Hall
  • Assistant engineer: Bruce Balestier
  • Audio mix: Mix Magic
  • Colorist: Dave Hussey
  • Title graphics: Carlos
  • Authoring: Cinram
  • Live performance filmed July 18, 2004 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
  • Original concept by Michele Megan Dix & Jesse Ignjatovic

CD

  • Produced and mixed by Mike Shinoda
  • Arranged by Brad Delson and Mike Shinoda
  • Engineered by Mike Shinoda, John Ewing and Mark Kiczula
  • Mastered by Brain "Big Bass" Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering
  • Executive producers: Shawn Carter and Linkin Park
  • A&R: Tom Whalley
  • A&R coordination for Warner Bros. Records: Marny Cameron
  • Marketing director: Peter Standish
  • A&R coordinator: Michael "Stick" Stefrin
  • Production coordinator: Ryan DeMarti
  • Sample clearance: Eric Weissman for Sample Clearance Limited
  • Executive producers: Rob McDermott and John Meneilly
  • Creative direction for Warner Bros. Records: Ellen Wakayama
  • Project art direction: THE FLEM and Mike Shinoda
  • Cover art direction and design: THE FLEM
  • Cover and all interior line art illustrations: David Choe
  • Digipak and booklet art direction and design: Lawrence Azerrad for LAD
  • Photography: Greg Watermann

Jay-Z

  • Legal: Carroll, Guido & Groffman LLP

Linkin Park

  • Worldwide representation: Rob McDermott for The Firm with Additional Servitude by Michael "Stick" Stefrin & Ryan DeMarti
  • Booking agent: Michael Arfin for Artist Group International
  • Legal: Dany Hayes for Davis, Sharpio, Lewit, Montone & Hayes
  • Business managers: Michael Oppenheim for & Jonathan Schwartz for Gudvi, Sussman & Oppenheim
  • Worldwide licensing and merchandising: BandMerch

Entire Roxy set list

Before Jay-Z came on stage, Linkin Park played a small set of songs. After they finished the Collision Course songs, they had to play all six again, due to MTV's malfunction with the stage lighting. The performances on the DVD are from the second take, while the music video for "Numb/Encore" is from the first take. The "Hip-Hop Medley" from this show appears on Linkin Park's 4th annual fan club CD. A shortened version of "It's Goin' Down" from the medley can be found on the DVD. At the start of the live show on the DVD, the amount of sweat can be observed on the band members - Phoenix's entire shirt is soaked, showing that they had played more than just a few songs at that point.

First take

  1. Intro/Don't Stay
  2. Somewhere I Belong
  3. Hip-Hop Medley (Step Up/Nobody's Listening/It's Goin' Down)
  4. Breaking The Habit
  5. From The Inside
  6. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You
  7. Big Pimpin'/Papercut
  8. Jigga What/Faint
  9. Numb/Encore
  10. Izzo/In The End
  11. Points Of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

Second take

  1. Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Lying From You
  2. Big Pimpin'/Papercut
  3. Jigga What/Faint
  4. Numb/Encore
  5. Izzo/In The End
  6. Points of Authority/99 Problems/One Step Closer

Chart history

Charts (2004-2005) Peak
position
Swedish Albums Chart 9
Canadian Albums Chart 6
U.S. Billboard 200 1
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 3
UK Albums Chart 15

References

External links

Preceded by
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2
Billboard 200 number-one album
December 12, 2004 - December 18, 2004
Succeeded by
The Red Light District by Ludacris

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